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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Machine embroidery of child's drawing on: May 01, 2013 10:27:21 AM
Thanks guys!  Cheesy

You didn't really do this by hand on your sewing machine, did you?

Yep!  As Trekky said, I just lowered the feed dogs on my regular sewing machine.
I stabilised the background fabric with some iron-on interfacing.  I scanned and reduced the size of the original drawing, then traced it with disappearing ink onto the background fabric.  I put the fabric into a hoop and away I went, following the lines. 

The orignal was drawn in red crayon so I picked red thread, although I decided to take a liberty with their dresses and add an appliqued panel.  The whole thing is only 5"x7".
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I love a man that crafts- stitches by my bf on: May 01, 2013 06:19:51 AM
Good on him for having a go, and it looks like he is pretty good at it already!  Smiley
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Machine embroidery of child's drawing on: May 01, 2013 05:38:46 AM
DD1 (who is 4) drew this lovely picture of herself and her baby sister the other day:

As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought it would be a great textile picture.  Free motion machine embroidery kind of lends itself to the scritchy-scratchy pencil lines that little kids use in their drawing, so I made this:

The original is on the fridge, and my version is on the wall.   Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Biggy Baggy! Pretty nappy/diaper bag on: February 07, 2010 08:55:57 AM
Thanks, I made it up myself.

The one thing I did which I wouldn't do next time is I interfaced the lining rather than the outer. 
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Duck egg doorstop on: February 07, 2010 08:36:35 AM
One of my oldest friends from college (I mean to say I have known her for a long time, not that she is really old!! Grinfinally got her first flat of her very own!
We went to stay with her and she complained that the doors are always slamming shut... sounds like a challenge to me!

A housewarming gift is on its way to her now, in the form of this doorstopper:

which unfortunately she will have to fill herself, as I couldn't afford to post it filled!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Biggy Baggy! Pretty nappy/diaper bag on: February 07, 2010 08:33:07 AM
I made this extra roomy nappy bag to carry DD's cloth nappies in, as well as a change of clothes and snacks and drinks and my wallet and my phone and a coat and a hat and.... you get the idea!  Grin

first I chose some gorgeous quilting cotton for the lining, and then was inspired by that to go for the beige spotty fabric on the outside.

Here you can see the lining and how big it is!  I made an elasticated pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other.  There are two flat pockets on the outside also, between the handles.

I was inspired by the Amy Butler Sanibel bag to use magnetic snaps on the sides so the bag can be "expanded" to squash all the huge amount of junk in that a 1 year old seems to need me to take around everywhere!

Not the greatest photo but you can see the snaps.

To finish off, I made a little name tag which ties on the strap.  I bought 75 of these school name tapes for DD when she started at nursery (day care) but I don't seem to be able to just sew them into things - oh no that's way too easy!  There has to be a cute tag attached to it! Cheesy

This was my first go at using biased binding, I was really pleased with how it came out - it looks so professional as a finishing touch; I will definitely be using it again.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Partly upcycled rainbow taggy blankie on: February 07, 2010 08:02:40 AM
I made this taggy for DD from a wool sweater of DH's which had come to a sorry end in the washing machine (oops!).

The ribbons were from my stash, it is backed with a piece of patchworking cotton.

There are two corduroy hearts (cut from scraps) on the front, embellished with some freehand machine embroidery.

I also freehand machine embroidered her name on it.  It was my first try at doing that!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Christmas skirt on: February 07, 2010 07:58:52 AM
A bit belated, but here are a couple of pics of the little corduroy skirt I made for DD to wear on Christmas day.

It is quite simple with an elasticated back waist, pleats on the front and a white lacy trim.  Very festive!


The photo doesn't really do justice to the colour, sadly.  It's a gorgeous bright Christmassy red, not as orange as it seems here.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ladybird shoes on: February 07, 2010 07:56:07 AM
DD has a pair of soft soled leather shoes which she wears all the time.
I thought "hey, I could make some of these!"
So here they are:


Green leafy cotton uppers with a felt ladybird.

They are fleece lined and I used a car cleaning chamois for the sole.

(Action shot!)

I think she likes them!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Five Little Frogs cloth book on: December 10, 2009 04:40:34 AM
Wow!  A featured project!  I am famous!
Thanks so much  Grin

I loved doing this, it did take a long time (September til November) because I kept putting it down when I got fed up of doing the words again and again!

The pressure will be on if and when I have another baby, because they will need something similar for their 1st birthday.  5 little ducks, maybe?  Wink
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